It was a fairy-tale finish for Fairy King Prawn at Sha Tin - and an unforgettable afternoon for his crack Australian jockey Steven King. With a text-book ride, King won the world's richest short sprint, the $5.3 million Hong Kong Sprint, on the Ricky Yiu-trained speed merchant. After Fairy King Prawn had breezed past local sprint star Best Of The Best (4-1) and 25-1 chance Crystal Charm in this 1,000-metre showcase event, King revealed: 'I said last year that this horse is good enough to take to Australia and win a Group One. I think this shows that he would be able to do just that. I have been pleased with him for weeks, he has been doing it just right and I knew there was going to be plenty of speed. When it came to quickening up, I never thought there would be anything to touch him.' Trainer Yiu couldn't hide his delight. 'I had this race as his target for quite a long time so it was a question of getting him absolutely right for it. 'Steven and I discussed it very thoroughly and I thought he did very well. It has been a big day for me and it is great that Hong Kong can win a race like this. 'I will think about an overseas race for him. It is tempting and challenging,' added Yiu. There were roars from the crowd before the race when the odds on Australian challenger Dantelah plunged from $110 to $34, making the Jim Cassidy-ridden mare the favourite. But when the gates opened, French filly Sainte Marine (6-1) on the far rail and Crystal Charm, who looked a picture, caught the eye early on. Giant American challenger Big Jag (10-1) was slowly away and looked to have little chance until he blazed home to snatch third place from Dantelah. Over 1,200 metres or longer, he would have taken a great deal of beating. But at the 200-metre mark, it was obvious that Fairy King Prawn, trained to the minute by Yiu, was going to be the one, and the public knew it. They rose and they roared as King forged through to win going away. He even had time to punch the air in delight. The run of Crystal Charm was an eye-opener although trainer Ivan Allan had suggested earlier she had come on a lot from her last run when she finished second to Schubert. That form was easily turned around yesterday. Although she could not withstand the finish of the winner, Crystal Charm did amazingly well to finish second considering her official position in the current ratings. 'This was a big race but I never felt nervous,' said Crystal Charm's young rider Alex K.S. Yu. 'I seem to get on well with this filly and she knows me. It was a big occasion but I have ridden abroad before and this did not bother me. 'I tried to follow exactly the instructions of Mr [Ivan] Allan and I am so happy to have finished second.' The race was run in a time of 56.5 which did not set a record but was very quick. Other than the superb effort of Fairy King Prawn, that of Big Jag was exceptional. He looked to have no chance with 300 metres to go and then came home with a storming run. As for plunge horse Dantelah, she jumped well and was leading fractionally in the early stages. She battled on quite well but was really a sitting duck for Fairy King Prawn when he got going. Best Of The Best had every chance and looked a strong hope about 350 metres out but he had no answer to Fairy King Prawn's searing pace. Sainte Marine was disappointing as the French filly could not really shake off the attentions of Dantelah and get a clear break. There was plenty of money for English challenger Rudi's Pet (5-1) who was also in the hunt at the halfway stage but found little after that.